In Bahrain, candidates have been preparing for their country's first ever National Assembly Elections this Friday (December 7) without almost all the paraphernalia associated with most modern elections.
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Background: In Bahrain, candidates have been preparing for their country's first ever National Assembly Elections this Friday (December 7) without almost all the paraphernalia associated with most modern elections.
There are a hundred and fifteen candidates for 30 seats, all standing as individuals, and it has been decided that none of them will be allowed to speak on local television because it would be impossible to allot enough time to give each a fair hearing.
In addition, their meetings are usually small; most of the electioneering is being carried out on an almost personal basis with visits to people and small meetings in local sports clubs and so on.
The National Assembly for which the candidates are standing will be opened on December 16, nine days after the election. The Assembly will meet in Bahrain's capital, Manama.
Bahrain's citizens were formally presented with their first-ever constitution in June this year, a Constitution under which Bahrain women became the first in the Gulf to receive full rights.
But despite this none of the 115 candidates are women.